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Maps of Canada

Italian mapmakers Giacomo Gastaldi and Paolo Forlani were some of the first European cartographers to use the place name Canada on maps. In 1577, printmaker Mario Cartero created a wooden table globe based on the work of Gastaldi. Cartero’s globe is the first printed and mass-produced globe to show a named Canada.

French and British explorers returned 60 years after the creation of Cartero's globe to do a deeper search of the upper region of North America. New maps of Canada were created when the French erected a fur-trading post and established a government in the name of Louis XIV of France. The explorer Samuel de Champlain personally drew a chart on vellum for presentation to the king based on his own observations, mathematical calculations, and interviews with natives. The 1607 map... Read more

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